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Flying to Ireland and Scotland
To book your flights call any airline now Ireland check the Aer Lingus website for the best deals at Aerlingus.com

Passports
You need a valid passport to travel to Ireland or Scotland. Check your passport’s expiry date before you travel.

Currency
In Ireland the currency is Euro. 100 cent is one Euro.
In Scotland the currency is Sterling. 100 pence is one Pound.

Banks
Most banks are open Monday to Friday from 10am till 4pm and have a bureau de change for changing currencies. Banks do not open on Saturday or Sunday. You can withdraw cash from ATM machines using VISA, MasterCard, American Express and PLUS credit cards and Cirrus debit cards.

Credit Cards
Credit cards are widely used in Ireland and Scotland in hotels, restaurants, golf clubs and shops, but it is advisable to carry some cash because pubs and some small shops do not accept credit cards.

Driving License
If you intend to drive remember to bring your driving license with you and carry it with you at all times. And don’t forget, driving is on the left-hand side of the road!

Travel Insurance
Travel Insurance is highly recommended to protect yourself against financial loss if you have to cancel your trip or cut your trip short for some reason. You should also check if your health insurance policy covers any unforeseen medical bills incurred when you are abroad. To buy travel insurance online, we recommend www.travelersmed.com.

Phones
To call Ireland from the U.S the code is 011 followed by the country code 353 then the area code and then the local number.

  • For example to call Celtic Fairways from the U.S the number is 011 353 1 8284008.
  • To call Celtic Fairways from anywhere in Ireland the number is 01 8284008.
  • Operator Assistance can be contacted toll free by dialling 10
  • Directory Enquiries can be reached at 11811
  • International Directory Enquiries: 118818
  • Emergency Services: 999
  • GSM subscribers can use the Irish networks to make and receive calls on their cell phones. Roaming charges are expensive so be aware that they apply.

Electricity
The standard voltage in Ireland is 220V 50Hz and 240V 50Hz in Scotland. Plugs are 3 pin so you will need an adapter which can be bought in your airport before you fly out, or in an electrical shop when you arrive here.

Weather
The weather in Ireland and Scotland is very unpredictable, and as they say, we can have four seasons in one day. However, our weather is never extreme; we don’t have freezing winters or soaring summers. In fact, most of the year our golf courses are playable. Winters will average around 40F and rise to the 60′s in the Summer. To check the weather forecast in more detail see www.met.ie and www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather.

Tipping
A tip of 10% to 15% is normal in a restaurant if a service charge is not already included in the bill and if you are happy with the service. Taxi drivers would expect the same but it is at your discretion. A small tip is all that would be expected in a bar if your drinks have been brought to your table.

Golfing
The standard cost for a caddy in Ireland is €40 per bag and a tip would be between €10 and €20. In Scotland the standard cost is STG£30 per bag and a tip would be between £5 and £15. You can check with the caddy master at the course on the day you are playing.
Remember to bring suitable clothes to the course, collared top and rain gear in case of a shower.
Smoking is restricted in golf clubs and in all public areas in the Republic of Ireland and Scotland, which includes bars, nightclubs, and restaurants. There may be a designated smoking area.